Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Partners with Ganesh Machinery Indianapolis, IN – July 10, 2015 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) is proud to announce a new, multi-year partnership with Ganesh Machinery. Ganesh Machinery offers a full line of CNC Machining & Turning Centers, and is pleased to celebrate 30th year anniversary this year. Established in 1985 as a small family business, Ganesh’s continued focus on unmatched quality and outstanding customer support has contributed to its growth and success. Ganesh machines are now installed and serviced in thousands of machine shops, manufacturing businesses, technical schools and distributors across all industries. As an associate partner of SPM, the Ganesh Machinery branding will be featured on both of the SPM Verizon IndyCar Series cars in 2016. Harvinder Singh, president of Ganesh Machinery said, “The CNC machining technology that we provide helps innovators realize their dreams as their ideas and designs are turned into a physical reality. The resulting parts that are made on these metal working machines helps them win whatever race that they are engaged in. We look forward to having SPM racing turn their creative ideas into reality with our CNC machine tools so they continue with their winning ways in the future.” “The SPM team has produced seven Indy Light Championships in the last 11 years due to their commitment and dedication. These are values we embrace at Ganesh Machinery and we are proud to associate ourselves with another winning team.” SPM team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented, “At SPM, we are committed to the highest level of performance possible, which means constantly pushing the envelope from an engineering and development standpoint. Ganesh produces incredibly quality machinery to enable our team to move to the next level as far as being able to accomplish those goals in house.” SPM Engineering Manager Nick Snyder added, “Partnering with Ganesh Machinery is an incredible opportunity for our team. The machines built by Ganesh are absolutely top of the line, offering performance and reliability that is second to none. The relationship will significantly increase our efficiency and productivity, as well as greatly expand our research and development capabilities.”


2015 – Continued Success…
  • Winner and third place at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
  • Winner of the Firestone Pitstop Performance Award for the NOLA race event
  • Eight IndyCar top-10 finishes
  • Qualified three cars for the Indianapolis 500
  • 1,2,3,4 Indy Lights finish at the Freedom 100 • 2 Indy Lights Race Wins
  • 3 Indy Lights Pole Positions
  • Currently leading the Indy Lights Championship


SPM Proven On-Track Success
  • Our rich history and tradition speak for itself…
  • 67 Firestone Indy Lights Victories
  • 69 Firestone Indy Lights Pole Positions
  • 7 Indy Lights Series Championships
  • 8 Indy Lights Freedom 100 Victories (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
  • Qualified for 14 Indianapolis 500 races (Pole Position in 2011)
  • Technical partnership with BHA and Driver Dan Wheldon in 2011 Indianapolis 500 win
  • 5 Verizon IndyCar Series Victories
  • IndyCar team has finished in the top-5 in season ending points in 2012, 2013 and 2014


Sam Schmidt

Sam Schmidt


Sam Schmidt is a former IndyCar driver and now co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Born August 15, 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sam’s father was a drag racing competitor and the family spent much of their free time working on racecars and attending events. Sam quickly caught the bug and began racing at age five, competing in motorcross events in Southern California. When he was ten, his father was injured during a racing event and Sam turned to more conventional activities: football, basketball and baseball. Sam attended Pepperdine University receiving a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in International Finance. Upon graduation, Sam successfully climbed the corporate ladder for a hospital chain in Southern California, becoming an administrator by age 24. However, his entrepreneurial side quickly emerged and in 1989, he purchased his dad’s automotive parts business. Sam, however, still had the racing bug. He purchased a Sports Renault and began competing regionally in 1992 at SCCA events. Right out of the blocks he earned first place in the Western Region. In 1993 he raced in the Formula Continental class where he finished first in the Western Region and won the prestigious National Championships at Road Atlanta. His good fortune continued in the Hooters Pro Cup series as he finished 3rd in points and was awarded Rookie of the Year in only his first professional season of racing in 1995. Still, Sam’s dream was to compete in the Indy 500, and in 1997 he embarked on his first year of Indy Racing League (IRL) competition. He quickly emerged as an IRL star, making 27 career starts and earning a victory and a pole, both in his hometown of Las Vegas, in September 1999. Sam and the Treadway Racing team entered the 1999 season finale at Texas Motor Speedway third in the point standings with a shot at the championship. However, his title hopes ended when he crashed, suffering serious foot injuries and ending up fifth in the point standings. Immediately after Sam recovered from those injuries, he began testing in preparation for the 2000 IRL campaign. On January 6, 2000, Sam and the team were in Orlando, Florida practicing at the Walt Disney World Speedway. As his car exited turn two, it hit the wall with a tremendous impact. Sam was airlifted to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition. He was diagnosed as a quadriplegic, the result of a severe injury to his spinal cord at the C-3/C-4 levels and was on a respirator for 5 weeks. Sam was eventually transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was under the care of Dr. John McDonald for his rehabilitation. Even with these devastating injuries, Sam realized he was one of the lucky ones. Unlike many people in the rehabilitation hospital, he had a strong personal faith and loving support from his family, friends and the entire motorsports community. To this day, Sam could not imagine surviving this process without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and trust that God had a purpose for his life after the injury. Finally able to once again breathe on his own and wanting to help those less fortunate than him, Sam, along with several of his closest friends, formed The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. In 2001, just 14 months after his accident and at the urging of his wife and parents, Sam announced the formation of Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Undeterred by his injury, Sam travels over 120 days a year on behalf of the team and Foundation. Although he has regained neck strength and partial shoulder movement, Sam remains paralyzed from the chest down. Doctors have not ruled out a partial or complete recovery, but it could take several years. He, his family and physical therapist continue an aggressive schedule of two to four hours of daily therapy, including: muscular range of motion exercises, weight-supported walking on a treadmill, Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES), pool therapy, and riding a StimMaster stationary bike that is operated by Sam through electronic stimulation. The process maintains his muscle mass, bone density, provides for regular circulation keeping him in good physical shape and will enable him to take advantage of therapies and procedures being developed. Sam and his wife, Sheila, live in Henderson, Nevada, with their children Savannah and Spencer. cpnlogo2
Ric Peterson

Ric Peterson


Ric Peterson has had a passion for motorsports for the majority of his life. His driving career began at an early age, racing stock cars, and open wheel formula cars, eventually landing himself a spot at the 1991 Toyota Atlantic Championship, and in the Canadian CASCAR series. His love for the sport didn’t end there; in 1994 he played a key role in developing a racetrack in his hometown of Hythe, AB. Racing is not the only thing Ric has found a passion for; he is a true entrepreneur at heart. For over 30 years he has founded, influenced and developed companies in a variety of industries, as a highly respected and accomplished businessman. He has a keen eye for opportunity, and currently sits on a number of executive boards to share his knowledge and experience. After a short lived stint in retirement, he returned to the oil and gas sector and is now the CEO of his latest venture ‘Oculus Transport Ltd’ out of Calgary, AB where he also calls home. In 2013 Ric’s need for speed brought him back to the track when he landed an opportunity to fulfill his dream of owning a Verizon IndyCar Series team. After a chance meeting with well-known IndyCar owner Sam Schmidt they formed a 50 percent partnership, and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was formed. Ric takes great pride in their IndyCar team, and believes strongly in developing the up and coming talent of the series by supporting and running an Indy Lights team. Since the inception of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Ric has relished in both the highs and lows of being an integral part of the team. One of his most fulfilled moments was having Canadian Indy Car hero Jacques Villeneuve race for SPM at the 2014 Indianapolis 500. He is looking forward to continued success, and additional visits to the podium with the newest member of the SPM family, Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe. Ric is deeply committed to the success of his team, as well as his business ventures, but even more so to his family. His wife Penni has been a pillar of support for over 35 years, and shares his interest for racing. She is equally committed to his successes at the track, in business and in his most important role; a loving husband and father. They are the proud parents of three, and grandparents to two with two more on the way. The excitement of the track runs deep with the Peterson clan, and race season has become a family affair, something perhaps Ric predicted when he helped build that small track in Hythe 20 years ago. BigRig-resied
James Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe


Birthdate: December 5, 1986 Hometown: Toronto, Ontario Residence: Indianapolis, IN Hobbies: Biking, Rollerblading, Tennis, Movies, Jet-Skiing Mayor of Hinchtown @Hinchtown (55,000 followers)

  • 2014 resulted in four top-five and eight top-ten finishes with five front row starts
  • Finished the 2013 season with three wins, four podiums, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes
  • Garnered two podium, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 2012
  • Voted ‘Most Popular Driver of the Year’ by IndyCar Series Fans
  • Recorded three top-five and seven top-10 finishes to earn the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year title in 2011 despite missing the season-opener; finished fourth at the Long Beach, New Hampshire and Kentucky races
  • Finished second in 2010 Firestone Indy Lights championship with three wins and series-best four pole positions; recorded 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts
  • Won Greg Moore Legacy Award as Firestone Indy Lights rising star in 2010
  • Finished fifth in Firestone Indy Lights in 2009 with best finish of second at Mid-Ohio; recorded five podium finishes, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts
  • Finished fourth in the 2008 Atlantic Championship with a win at Laguna Seca, two poles and four podium finishes
  • Finished fourth in the 2007 Atlantic Championship; earned three pole positions, six top-five results and nine top-10 results in 12 races
  • Competed for Team Canada in the A1 Grand Prix series in 2007
  • In 2006, scored three podium results, including a victory at Portland, in the Atlantic Championship
  • Finished third in the 2005 Star Mazda season with three victories, three poles and six podium results
  • Earned Formula BMW USA Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 after scoring three wins, four poles and 10 podium finishes
  • In 2003, earned five wins, four poles and 11 podium results while finishing third in the Bridgestone Racing Academy F2000 series
  • Began his racing career in karting and captured numerous titles such as the TKC Junior Rotax Class Karting Championship, the Junior Rotax Canada Cup and TKC Winter Series Championship

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James Jakes

James Jakes


Birthdate: August 4, 1987 Hometown: Leeds, Great Britain Residence: Orlando, FL Hobbies: Golf and watersports @JamesJakes (25,000 followers)

  • 2002 – Began racing career in 4 rounds of the BRSCC T-Car Championship
  • 2003- 2nd Brscc T-Car Championship, 5 Pole Positions, 7 race win’s, 8 podiums
  • 2004 – Formula Renault UK , 2nd Rookie Championship, Team AKA. Fastest Lap
  • 2005 – 2nd Formula Renault Uk Championship, Team AKA 3 Pole Postion, 8 Podium Finishes, 10 Fastest Laps Mclaren Autosport
  • Young Driver Finalist Daytona 24hrs
  • 2006 – British Formula 3 Championship, HiTech Racing 1 Podium Finish, 2 Fastest Laps
  • 2007 – 5th European Formula 3, Manor Motorsport Pole Positon, Race Winner Magny Cours, 3 Podiums, 2 fastest Laps. Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 5th
  • 2008 – European Formula 3, Art Grand Prix Pole Positon, Race winner Pau Grand Prix, Fastest Lap. Macau Grand Prix Formula 3
  • 2009 – GP3 Championship, Manor Motorsport, Virgin F1. ( Running 2nd in Championship until broken wrist in crash ended season ) 1 Pole Postion, 3 podiums
  • 2010 – Gp2 Winter Series, Super Nova 2 Podium Finishes, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi
  • 2011 – IZOD IndyCar Championship, Dale Coyne Racing
  • 2012 – IZOD IndyCar Championship, Dale Coyne Racing Indy 500 Qualifier
  • 2013 – IZOD IndyCar Championship Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Indy 500 Qualifier Fastest lap, 2nd Place Finish, 3 top 10 finishes


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